JONES, Isaac and Sophia Owens
The Jones family was one of many who prospered during the heyday of lumbering in the Upper Ottawa Valley. Westmeath Township’s main lumber baron was Alexander Fraser (1830-1903); and his two sons John Burns (JB) Fraser (1859-1939) & William Henry Alexander (W.H.A.) Fraser (1863-1918) carried on the family legacy. See FRASER entry.
Solomon Jones Jr. and so many others worked for the Frasers – however Solomon filled a very important role; first serving as lumber agent and later as manager of Arklan Farm, the Fraser’s summer home on the Ottawa River, north of the Village of Westmeath.
The Jones family were descended from Welsh roots having immigrated into the United States first. Later during the upheavals of the American Revolution they had traveled north into New Brunswick to remain loyal to the British Crown in British North America.
Soloman Jones, lumberer, was born in Nova Scotia, the son of American-born Isaac Jones (1788- ) and Sarah Sophia Owen (1792-1860) from Cascumpec, Prince Edward Island. The family had come to the Upper Ottawa Valley sometime on the 1840’s when the Crown was advertising for settlers in these township surveyed in the 1830s. They had taken up free land for homesteading and settled.
The relationship with the Frasers began very early. The 1861 Census lists both families in the same vicinity on farms. This Census also tells that they both had one and one-half story log houses, with the Fraser’s built in 1850 and the Jones’ house built in 1844.
The children of Isaac Jones (1788- ) and Sarah Sophia Owen (1792-1860) are:
1. Soloman Jones (Senior) (1823-1902) m. Grace Janline (1838-1888) in Sept. of 1860. She was the daughter of James Janline and Margaret Johnston of Pembroke. At age 49 Grace died of Consumption (tuberculosis) 1888 Grace Jones Death. Soloman would die of old age in 1902 at 78 years. 1902 Solomon’s Death
The children of Soloman Jones and Grace Janline were:
i. Soloman Jones (Jr.) (1850–1931) m. Annie Laura Foster (1872–1936), daughter of Thomas Foster and Maggie Wark of Carleton Place. 1896 Solomon & Annie Marriage Soloman’s occupation on the marriage registration is lumber agent. 1931 Solomon’s Death Reg. 1936 Annie Death
a. Foster Llewellyn Jones (1898–1960) m. Marjory Jean Coulter (1898- ) Foster joined the 72nd Queen’s Battery of the Canadian Expeditionary Force of WW1. 1913 Foster Attestation
b. Solomon Willard Jones (1900–1948)
c. Marguerite F Jones (1902–
d. Kenneth Hay Jones (1904–1936)
e. Annie Laura Jones (1906– ) m. William Abraham Horricks (1896- ), the son of John E. Horricks and Florence Robinson (1874-1960). This was a Greenwood farming family. William was drafted in 1917 and served in the 72nd Queen’s Battery. 1917 William Draft.
ii. Isaac Jones (1861–1941) married Margaret Jane Gemmill on July 2, 1913. One child.
iii. James Jardine Jones (1864–1931) m. Susannah McCurdy (1867–1945). 1894 James & Susanah Marriage. Their children:
a. Ivey Grace Jones (1897–
b. James Harris McCurdy Jones (1902–1975)
c. William Elmer Jones (1906–1982)
d. Lillian Martha Jones (1907–1932)
iv. Mary Rutledge Jones (1866–1956)
v. John Owen Jones (1869–1945) m. Mary E. Clarke (1873-1941) 1895 John & Mary Marriage
a. Soloman Owen Jones (1895–1984)
b. Edward McKenzie Clark Jones (1897–
c. Emily Alice Jones (1900–1978)
d. William Wallice Lorne Jones (1903–
e. Laura May Jones (1905–1970)
f. Mary Isobel Jones (1910–
g. Harry MacDowell Jones (1916–1945)
vi. Grace Sophia Jones (1876– ) m. John Ernest Dennison (1880- ); one child Dorothy A. Dennison (1909- )
vii. Elizabeth Jenny May Jones (1884–1989)
2. Elizabeth Jones (1827-1904) m. ___ Tennant and lived in Stafford Township, next to Pembroke Township. Son Richard Tennant reported her death. 1904 Elizabeth Death.